Mike Lantry, 1972
This is the greatest day of my life! I heard back from UM admissions today and was told that I'm in for fall of 2014! I've never felt such a great feeling in my life as when I clicked on the Admitted Students button at Umich.edu . I'll tell you guys now that I will be in the student section this year for all the games and will definitely be early and cheering my ass off. Go blue guys, and I've never been prouder than to finally be apart of the leaders and the best!
Here's hoping everyone has plans for the weekend that involves beer.
I know we had a True Detective thread last week, but we've had a new episode since then, so I offer this as our weekly chance to talk about the show.
Before I say anything more, please note this: Do not read on if you've missed episodes and don't want spoilers. That said, I don't think the public has any idea what's going to happen in the last two episodes, so I don't think there can be any spoilers for them. If you do somehow have knowledge of those episodes, please keep said knowledge to yourself.
Marty is not the killer/one of the killers. Marty is either an amazing actor - something we've been given little hint of - or he's simply not cut from the same cloth as the killer(s). It's very hard for me to see Marty taking part in the Dora Lange killing given the mystical/quasi-religious quality of it. Can you imagine Marty talking about black stars and the universe being a flat circle and Carcosa? Marty mostly just wants to drink beer, watch LSU, and sleep with women who look like younger versions of his wife. This is a man who opined that the killing might be a "retard job." Also, Marty seems to become violent only when he's worked up and/or drunk, while the Lange killing seemed to have been done in the coldest blood. I say Marty is a sexist prick sometimes, but not a murderer.
Rust is also not the killer/one of the killers. Rust seemingly shares Reggie Ledoux's "flat circle" view of the universe (or was that a put-on for the new detectives?), but Stephen Hawking might also agree with that, and he's not a serial killer. It's hard to imagine Rust buying into whatever botched mysticism would lead someone to kill a woman and put antlers on her. For good for or bad, Rust doesn't take leaps of faith. He does, though, seem to have a very strict code when it comes to the way he treats people. He'll risk his life to defend you if you're innocent, whereas he'll tell you to kill yourself if you're a murderer of children (and, now that I think of it, even that had a humane quality to it given his worldview). More importantly, I think, we see Rust on his own quite a bit, and he never seems to be doing anything regarding the killings other than investigating them. He finds the evidence in the school; he pours over maps and photos at home; he goes through unsolved case files at work - yet we never see any hint that he's already familiar with what he finds or that he's brought it into existence. I think Rust is our martyr to true detective work, not a killer of innocents.
The plotline about Marty's older daughter is not done. It's hard for me to imagine the show's creators have her dressing like she does and having sex with dudes who wear Satan t-shirts without having a plan to tie her into the killings. Also, Mary sees something (we don't know what it was) in the Episode Seven preview and then reacts in a way that makes me think he saw something very personal. He seems horrified.
There really is a tall man with a scarred face and/or a spaghetti monster. We've had three people with seemingly no connection to one another (not all of them traumatized to the point of being catatonic) affirm his existence. I assume he is not in fact a spaghetti monster, but he may don some sort of odd disguise...A note on disguises and such: Dora Lange was in a photo in Episode Two (One?) with guys in rural Mardi Gras outfits, not Klan outfits as many thought. Is there a connection to this and some of the other iconography we've seen in the show?
The show will end saying more about the characters than the crimes. I take writer Nick Pizzolatto at his word that True Detective is more about the characters than the whodunit. His book Galveston is similar (though not as good). I think the heart of this show is in the clash between Rust and Marty (or Rust and Rust, Marty and Marty, Marty and Maggie, etc.). That's where the show's creators seem to have put most of their efforts. I think, like Twin Peaks, we'll end up remembering who these people were much more than what they discovered about a crime.
Alright, this is really long. What do you say?
Saw this scrolling on the bottom of BTN highlights:
B1G Medal Count:
Michigan: 1G, 1S, 1B
Wisconsin: 1G, 1S
The Michigan Difference!
(edit: fixed formating.)
S-O-S!! Spoiler results, but you’ve been looking the whole time anyway
HOT. COOL. YOURS. And we can add: OVER.
Russia looks like they will win the overall medal count and most Gold’s. US should finish #2 overall. We’ve had some disappointments and some surprising wins. Shaun White drops out of Slopestyle to focus on the Halfpipe and Sage Kotsenburg unexpectedly wins Gold in Slopestyle! What are your favorite Olympic moments?
Some of today’s events:
- Men’s Hockey – CAN v. SWE at 7:00 EST for the Gold
- Bobsled – Four Manfinals with United States 1 in contention
- Cross Country Skiing – Men’s 50 km
- Closing Ceremonies
Your moment of Zen: Therese Johaug of Norway; Cross Country Skiing
Not just a pretty face, she was a Gold Medalist in 2010! She took home a Silver and Bronze medal this year.